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U2's $75 million Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark musical on life support

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spider-man-turn-off-the-darSPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, a £46 million ($75 million) musical with music by BONO and THE EDGE from U2, has re-opened on Broadway.


And Spidey has suffered his biggest ever mauling – at the hands of the critics.

Doc Oc must be delighted!

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark premiered this week at the Foxwoods Theatre, on 42nd St, in New York, with A-list celebrities including Matt Damon, Robert De Niro and Liam Neeson.

But the re-written turkey was still a turkey.

Here's our round-up of what the critics are saying.

Spider-Man is not only the most expensive musical ever to hit Broadway; it may also rank among the worst. The central question you keep asking yourself is likely to change from 'How can $65m look so cheap?' to 'How long before I'm out of here?

Ben Brantley, New York Times

The score sounds like a double album of B-sides. Not only are the songs forgettable, but they never succeed in generating any dramatic momentum - all they do is get louder.
Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

The show never soars into greatness, or leaves the audience in a state of disbelieving wonder. Indeed, despite all the time and money that has have been lavished on it, Spidey actually turns out to be a bit of a bore.

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

Really, truly horrendously and unfixably bad down to its bones. One of the worst things, if not the worst, I've ever seen on Broadway.

Richard Lawson,  Gawker

Looking at the sad results you're compelled to wonder: where did all those tens of millions go?
Peter Marks, Washington Post

Chaotic, dull and a little silly.
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

But Bono and The Edge have made light of the savaging.

Presenting a Tony Award this week Bono said: “We used to be famous for being in U2.

“When I saw the Tonys on our schedule, I just assumed we had been nominated.”



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